Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Summertime

I will admit, I love Summertime. Minnesota has glorious summers. It is hot, but not too hot. It is muggy at times, but only when a storm is a brewin'. It makes sense. And boy, do those storms hit us hard. We had one in the early afternoon yesterday that just took my breath away. There were leaves, papers and other various belongings flying in the wind yesterday below an ominous orange and grey sky. It felt like that scene in the Wizard of Oz when everything was flying around and the wind was blowing so hard. Then the thunder, and next came the lightning. I stayed on the porch and watched as long as I could. I began to get drenched by the bizzare horizontal rain so I finally went inside. It was a fabulous storm.

Today it is hot again and we pulled out the Slip & Slide and the blow up pool. Anna from across the street is hanging out with us today and is playing with Kieran. They smell of sunscreen and lemonade, which is just awesome. I love days like this. Unfortunately, I have laryngitis so they can't hear me very well. But it gives me an excuse to eat ice cream :)

Minnesota is very different from anywhere I've ever lived. These people LIVE for summer. They have their boats all ready and the lakes are just begging for swimmers and such. All the parks are full of people who can't wait to worship the sun together. Picnics are everywhere and you share all of the roads with bikers - many with a child's trailer on the back. I decided to buy one as well for Chloe. I got it for $20 at a garage sale over the weekend. I can't wait to try it out. We have to wait until Kieran learns to ride his bike independently first. I've seen many places to ride with the kids. Cycling is huge here. There are tons of lakes to ride around which is nice. We went to Cleary Lake on Sunday and shared the path with many cyclists as well as rollerbladers. I saw some men running as well and the humidity was oppressive. I wondered how healthy it was to run in such awful humidity since we were struggling for deep breaths just by walking in it.

I'm beginning to get it here. We've made some very good friends across the street and life seems to be falling into place. I never imagined myself anywhere in the midwest, much less Minnesota. Here we are, enjoying the hell out of (until winter at least).